Looking for some fun ways to get outside without breaking the bank? For the kids (and the kids at heart), we’ve rounded up a slew of outdoorsy games and activities that can easily be thrown together with materials found around the home. If you don’t have the supplies on hand – and be sure to fully scour your garage, attic or shed first – these DIYs are still quite inexpensive to build and will provide countless hours of entertainment. Also check out Tradyo for other treasures that can work.
When you’re short on balloons but need to provoke some sort of water war, these sponge water bombs are super easy to make and can be reused again and again.
What could make the classic building block game even more fun? By fashioning your own gargantuan outdoor set of course!
Four colours of spray paint are really all that’s needed to transform a spot in your backyard into a large Twister board.
A word game but with a healthy dose of physical activity, this tutorial uses cut masonite sheets to create the letter tiles but cardboard and a black marker would work just as well.
Perfect for a leisurely stroll through the forest, this printable will give the kids a mandate for exploring nature and sourcing things like pinecones, funny-looking twigs and other earthly treasures.
With heavy duty plastic sheeting and a garden hose, you too can make a homemade version of the insanely popular Slip ‘N Slide, but on the cheap.
If relaxing in the dappled sun and gently swaying in the summer breeze is your idea of heaven, you can make a hammock with just a bed sheet and rope.
A couple plastic cups and a few lengths of string can be used to make this water gun (or other squirty toy) racing game.
A mash up between the kiddie game Don’t Spill the Beans and carnival-style dunk buckets, this setup is easy to rig together provided you have a swing set to use as a frame.
To get your creative juices going, here are some great tips for assembling an obstacle course with practically anything you have on hand: hula hoops, pool noodles, jump rope, cardboard boxes and lawn chairs – to name but a few usable objects. Keep it interesting by mixing and matching physical challenges like crawling, balancing, jumping and zigzagging.